TipsThe Top 5 That Can Keep You Alive

From Ben Franklin to Nikola Tesla to George Washington, the discovery and development of electric power has been one of history's most important stories – a great achievement. Today, we heat and cool homes, power the Internet and save lives, all through electricity. But when it isn't handled carefully, it can be deadly. Both lightning and the electricity generated from OG&E plants demand that kids and adults stay safe, together.

Big do's and don'ts.

Here are a few more powerful pointers that can help you avoid the shock of your life:

  • Stay away from downed power lines and anything they are touching – they may appear quiet and harmless but could still be live …
  • In fact, it's a good idea just to stay away from power lines altogether, they are bare wires and not insulated. So don't fly a kite near them, don't climb a tree by them, don't … you get the idea.
  • Stay away from substations – if your ball goes over the fence, tell your parents (oh, and have 'em call OG&E).
  • Also, stay away from transformers – and if the locks are missing or broken, tell your parents immediately (and have 'em call OG&E).
  • Don't overload outlets, there's a good reason each one has only two sockets. Try a power strip instead.
  • Water and electricity don't mix, many accidents happen when people use electrical items near water. So never turn on an appliance while you're wet or in the bathtub. In fact, in the bathroom, watch out for hairdryers, cell phone chargers, radios … you get the idea.
  • We told you to look up before you climb, but look down before you or your parents dig too far, because power lines are located underground, too.
  • Never yank an electrical cord from the wall, it can mess up the appliance, the plug and the outlet. And make sure cords are tucked away, so pets can't chew them and you won't take a trip.
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